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Nadine Gordimer


Nadine Gordimer
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Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923) is a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, when she was recognised as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity".

Gordimer's writing has long dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Under that regime, works such as July's People were banned. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. She has recently been active in HIV/AIDS causes. more »

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  • ''The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.''
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "A Bolter and the Invincible Summer," Lo...
  • The country of the tourist pamphlet always is another country, an embarrassing abstraction of the desirable that, thank God, does not exist on this planet, where there are always ants and bad smells a...
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. A World of Strangers, ch. 1 (1958).
  • If people would forget about utopia! When rationalism destroyed heaven and decided to set it up here on earth, that most terrible of all goals entered human ambition. It was clear there'd be no end to...
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Bernard, in Burger's Daughter, pt. 2 (1979).
  • ''Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.''
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Address, June 1990, to the international Writer's Day conference, London. "Censorship and its Afterma...
  • ''The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mind's eye only, fade out in sand.''
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "Great Problems in the Street," I Will S...
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